SAY Award 2022

Sound of Young Scotland Award 2022

Berta Kennedy

Taking influence from 90/00’s hip-hop/R’n'B and contemporary alt-rock/pop, Berta Kennedy is the alias under which I song-write, produce and perform. My sound can be identified by its blend of DIY/homemade samples, pop-production and personal lyrics. My career starting to gain momentum after I was invited to perform at Resonate Scotland’s Music Conference in 2020 alongside Bemz, Russel Stewart and Echo Machine. Shortly after that my track Free-Swimming music was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Fresh Finds: Indie and received recognition from the likes of Future Classic and SAMA. Perhaps the most monumental moment of my career as an independent up-and-coming artist was being nominated for BBC Introducing’s Scottish Act of the Year with my latest Track I’m Good, which also featured in Wide Days’ New from Scotland Playlist. A recent achievement was signing a record deal with indie label Enough Records, ran by Charlotte Brimner and Louie John Lowis. This is a 6-month-long contract that focuses on developing my status/engagement in the Scottish music industry through a variety of strategies. They will also be supporting my next few singles. My brilliant band and former university peers (Edinburgh Napier Popular Music) have been on-board for three years now. Their hard-work and talent paid off at my first headliner gig in Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s which reached full capacity and received an extremely passionate response from attendees and staff. We were also invited to perform live in-studio for BBC Radio Scotland as part of their Friday night Introducing… show and have a strong relationship with DF Concerts and 432 Presents who have included us in prestigious line-ups with the likes of Liz Lawrence, Zuzu, Quiet Houses, Wayne Snow and STRABE. Next we are aiming for 2023 festival line-up inclusions. We plan to achieve this through a campaign which will focus on studio recorded live session videos at Enough Records’ Magic Box Studio. These will be released online over the next couple of months on social media with a goal of attracting further prestigious performance offers as well as any collaborations with organisations in the Scottish music scene.

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Modern Scottish Classic Award 2022